Pallets are stands or platforms that are used for storage and transportation of goods. They are used particularly in industrial applications like export of chemicals, grains, pharmaceuticals, perishables, and others.
There are different kinds of pallets, according to the application: rackable pallets, non-rackable pallets, static/ dynamic and light /medium /heavy /extra-heavy pallets, printers pallets, double-sided pallets, four-sided pallets, shuttle pallets, newspaper pallets, roll cradle pallets, pharmaceutical pallets, reinforced pallets, etc.
You can buy second hand palletsonline also.
Pallets can be made of either plastic, cardboard, or wood. Pallets come in different sizes, most commonly 800mm x 1200mm and 1000mm x 1200mm. There are also many different designs that can be customized as per user requirements. Pallets should be ideally FDA/UDSA compliant, UL fire rated, hygienic and easy to clean.
These days, pallets are being manufactured using very advanced technologies to make them stronger and more durable. Some pallets are also insulated, which makes them ideal for storing perishables.
Pallet storage is generally for commodities that are highly perishable, like crops, vegetables, and fruits. Since these products cannot be piled directly upon each other, pallets are preferred; the pallets can be stored upon each other, thus minimizing space considerably.
Pallet storage, especially for perishable commodities, is done under controlled temperature and humidity. Ventilation air is circulated around the pallets to keep the goods fresh. Pallets can also be loaded or unloaded using special lifts and trucks, thus minimizing damage to the goods.
However, it is better to use battery-powered pallet movers, as fumes from gasoline can affect the goods.